Laura Beltrán Villamizar is a photography editor and writer born in Bogotá, Colombia. She is the Projects Picture Editor for NPR, working with the organization’s growing efforts to shape their enterprise visual journalism. She is also the founder of Native – a non-profit platform dedicated to the promotion and development of visual journalists from under-represented regions and communities. Laura has written extensively on localize non-western visual journalism and photography for Nieman Reports at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism of Harvard University.
Before founding Native, she worked at the World Press Photo Foundation, where she led educational programs in Latin America and co-produced the yearly Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam.
Prior to joining World Press Photo, she was Associate Photo Editor for Revolve Magazine where she oversaw long-term features, international commissions for print and online, and curated the magazine’s emphasis on visual storytelling.
Laura has served on the jury for The Catchlight Fellowship 2018, The FENCE at Photoville in 2018, and The Sinchi Photography Competition for Indigenous and Native Photographers 2017. She was also selected for the Alexia’s Foundation Seminar: “Latin America: Stories That Drive Change” (Miami, 2017). Laura currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.
This week we talk to photojournalist Smita Sharma, about her work which covers India’s domestic servitude abuse, sex trafficking in Central Africa Republic, child brides in Nepal, and more. Smita Sharma is an independent photojournalist based in Delhi, Kolkata and New York. Her work primarily focusses on gender violence and human rights issues.
Her work has been published in various international publications including CNN, The Washington Post, New York Times, BBC, TIME Lightbox, The Globe and Mail, Spiegel, Channel 4, Quartz, Caravan Magazine, Newsweek, Human Rights Watch among others. Her work has been screened and exhibited in various countries including USA, India, Cambodia, Myanmar, South Korea, France, UK and Saudi Arabia.
This week we talk with prolific documentary photographer Daniella Zalcman about her insight into colonialism in the United States, as well as her role as founder of Women Photograph, a project elevating the visions of women and non-binary photographers world wide.
Daniella Zalcman is a documentary photographer based in London and New York, whos work focuses on the legacies of colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of indigenous children in North America. She has received the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grant, is a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, and the founder of Women Photograph.
What does it mean to work as a team- and to give your subject a direct hand in making their image? Gabriella and Mark discuss working with incarcerated women, and the collaborative relationships that they have formed.
Gabriela Bulisova and Mark Isaac are documentary photographers based in Washington, DC. For the past seven years, Bulisova and Isaac have collaborated on projects focused on mass incarceration. Their current work highlights the criminalization of mental illness and the trauma to prison pipeline for women who have experienced abuse. Bulisova and Isaac will be spending the coming year in Ukraine, working on projects supported by a Fulbright grant.